Thomas M. Pearce, Jr.

Mr. Pearce is a co-founder of FACT Relief and serves its Chairman and President. Tom has been actively involved with a number of children’s charities in Atlanta and New York City during the last 20 years and in 2006, Pearce was the Honoree at the annual Covenant House Awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC for his work with homeless children.  Covenant House is the largest privately funded childcare agency in the United States – previous Honorees at this event have included William B. Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury; John Cardinal O’Connor, Archbishop of New York; Senator George Mitchell; Lesley Stahl, CBSNews; First Lady Barbara Bush; Paula Zahn, CNN; Lawrence Kudlow, CNBC; as well as First Lady Laura Bush.

Mr. Pearce currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of the MAX Exchange, an Atlanta based exchange and clearing house for residential mortgage loans. Prior to co-founding MAXEX, Tom was founder and Managing Partner of NYC based Vertical Capital, LLC. He previously served on the Board of Five Oaks Investment Corp (NYSE: OAKS) a NY based mortgage REIT. Mr. Pearce was a founder and CEO of Peachtree Financial, LLC and has also served as a Managing Director and senior member of the Mortgage Department at Bear Stearns & Co. in New York and Atlanta. Tom co-founded Laura Pearce Ltd; an Atlanta based jewelry boutique.

Tom lives in Atlanta with his wife Laura and they have two children Anderson (24) and Cal (21) as well as two dogs Biscuit and Finn. He received a BA from Washington and Lee University in 1985.


Gary C. Motley

Gary is a co-founder of FACT Relief and an insurance agent with the State Farm Insurance Companies. For the past thirty years, Gary has helped provide families and businesses with the necessary tools to manage the risks of everyday life. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Gary is an avid supporter of the Arts in Georgia, having served as President of the Board for Art Papers, a non-profit art forum and on the board of the Lamar Dodd School of Art Board of Visitors at the University of Georgia.

Gary graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A in Risk Management and Insurance.


Peek Garlington III

Peek Garlington is a co-founder of FACT Relief and a Founding Partner of Atlanta based Edge Capital Partners. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Garlington is an honorary Trustee of the Turner Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky. He is actively involved in wildlife conservation efforts across the country as well as a number of children charities. Peek and his wife Jennie have six children.

Jonathan D. Glass

Dr. Glass is Professor of Neurology and Pathology, and the Director of the Emory ALS Center in the Department of Neurology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is widely known for his research on the pathogenesis and prevention of nerve degeneration in neurological diseases, and for his work in human and experimental neuropathology. His laboratory currently focuses on the causes of nerve degeneration in animal models of neurological diseases, including the development of novel therapeutic interventions to prevent the death of nerve fibers. Dr. Glass is a passionate advocate for bringing science to the clinic, and involving patients in the study of their own disease. Collaboration with ALS patients, he is exploring the biological markers of disease activity and progression.

Dr. Glass is an active clinician who has been cited each year since 2001 as one of “America’s Top Doctors” (Castle Connelly) and since 2005 as one of the very few neurologists in “Atlanta’s Top Doctors” (Atlanta Magazine). He is also a teacher and mentor to young physicians and served as the director of Emory’s Neurology residency program from 2001-2006. Dr. Glass received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College (Vermont) and his MD from the University of Vermont. He trained in Neurology and Neuropathology at Johns Hopkins, where he was a faculty member until moving to Emory in 1996.


Stuart Carrington

Stuart works with Tranwestern Commercial Services’ agency leasing and tenant advisory services groups assisting with business development initiatives. Stuart is responsible for client lead generation, tenant prospect identification, tenant analytics, and property diagnostics.

Stuart has been very involved with The ALS Association in Alabama, Georgia, New York and Virginia. Stuart is a founder of the Quiet Hero Party, a young professional black tie event which raises money for The ALS Association of Georgia. Stuart graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Consumer Economics. Stuart participates in a number of local Atlanta charities. 

Jack Murphy

Jack is an associate at Carter, a leading national real estate investment, development and advisory firm headquartered in Atlanta. Jack’s primary focus is on identifying and underwriting opportunistic real estate investments, by providing comprehensive financial analysis for perspective multifamily, student housing, office, retail, and hotel developments.

Jack is a founder of the Quiet Hero Party, a young professional black tie event which raises money for ALS patients, research and awareness. Jack also supports the Atlanta Police Foundation and is currently working on the development of a 17,000 sf state-of-the-art learning and community facility with specialized services for the youth of Westside Atlanta.

Jack graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A in Finance.

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